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Course content

Program overview

The master of science degree in entrepreneurship and innovative ventures focuses on the entrepreneurial and innovation process, by which inventions or creative new ideas are brought to market. Graduates achieve a unique combination of technical and business expertise that is especially relevant to start-up ventures.

Plan of study

The program requires students to complete 30 credit hours consisting of:
-Six required core courses designed to increase a student’s knowledge of accounting, organizational behavior and leadership, technology management, entrepreneurship, marketing, and product commercialization.
-Two innovation courses that increase student's knowledge of managing the innovation process.
-Two elective courses that provide students with additional background in areas of interest.


Entrepreneurship and innovative ventures, MS degree, typical course sequence:
-Organizational Behavior and Leadership
-Marketing Concepts and Commercialization
-Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
-Legal and Accounting Issues for New Ventures
-Financing New Ventures
-Applied Venture Creation*
Choose two of the following courses:
-Project Management
-Design Theory and Methods Seminar
-Management of Innovation in Products and Services
-Technology Management
-Product and Brand Management
-Commercialization and Marketing of New Products
-Graduate Electives†

* Students enrolled in Applied Venture Creation (MGMT-765) may work on their own project in the course or they may work on a project in conjunction with Venture Creations, RIT's business incubator.
† Graduate electives taken at RIT may be in courses outside the Saunders College.

Other admission requirements

-Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
-Submit a current resume.
-Submit an essay*.
-Complete a graduate application, and submit the results of the Graduate Management Admission Test† (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (GRE scores more than five years old will not be accepted).

* Applicants are required to submit an essay based on one of the following topics: (1) Describe an ethical dilemma you have faced and how you resolved it; (2) Explain what you have learned from a managerial, leadership, or team experience that was not completely successfully; or (3) Describe your greatest professional achievement and how you added value to your organization. The essay should be typed, double-spaced, and two pages in length.
† The GMAT may be waived if an applicant has a GPA of 3.25 or higher, or they can present evidence of professional work experience of six or more years. Students who cannot submit a GMAT, GRE, or one of the two waiver requirements may be considered for admission on a case by case basis.

Visit the Entrepreneurship and Innovative Ventures MS page on the Rochester Institute of Technology USA website for more details!





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